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War Comes to America


Published 1945
Topics documentary, war


Part VII of the "Why We Fight" series of wartime documentaries.

You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.


Run time 1:02:10
Production Company U.S. Army Pictorial Services
Audio/Visual sound, b&w

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Reviewer: swampskunk1313 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 28, 2012
Subject: Under God
Under God was added in 1954. I agree, it sounds better with it in. Atheists didn't take it out. It wasn't there when this was made.
Reviewer: fakbigal - favoritefavorite - April 27, 2012
Subject: War comes to America
Who decided to let "under God" out of the pledge of allegiance? Thanks to the atheist.
Reviewer: rclo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 3, 2011
Subject: Excellent History Lesson
Although the print is somewhat choppy, it's effectiveness is undeniable. The German influence in South America was a surprise to me, and it's sobering to understand just how close America was to being overwhelmed by the Axis powers. Thank God we weren't asleep at the switch any longer than we were.
Reviewer: GCarty - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 16, 2006
Subject: My favorite sequence
The bit I liked the best in this film was when the case was made against isolationism, with the narration starting "What would have been our defensive position if the aggressors had succeeded in conquering Britain,......... Russia,......... and China?" and ending "And thus, an Axis victory in Europe and Asia would leave us alone and virtually surrounded, facing enemies ten times stronger than ourselves." Very effective use of animation.
Reviewer: TCaddy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 28, 2005
Subject: An excellent example of wartime propaganda.
An excellent example of wartime propaganda from a time when the US was ruled by honourable politicians.
Reviewer: Visual16 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 20, 2005
Subject: No reason NOT to watch this!
Serves as an important document as an ephemeral American film, a study of world history, a study of wartime propaganda, and a true masterclass for young filmakers to observe the genius pacing and direction of Frank Capra.
Raises your blood pressure. I think the war on terrorism and 9-11 pales in comparison to what our parents and grandparents had to deal with.
An English critic on the IMDb page said it best-
"If I was American and went to see this movie (when it was new), I would leave feeling ten feet tall and ready to kick Hitler's ass!"
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